Special Bulletin
16 December 2016

Pre-Christmas survey 2016: Stable sales at chain stores, indies divided x

Christmas sales are tracking at similar levels to last year for the majority of booksellers (63%), with just 13% reporting an increase and 24% reporting... Read more

Nielsen BookScan figures: Volume and value down as colouring books dry up x

Sales in the 10 weeks to 5 December are down 5.9% in value and seven percent in volume this year compared to the same period... Read more

The books: Strong across the board; big-name fiction, cookbooks missing x

Most booksellers think there’s a strong (53%) or moderate (44%) offering of books this season, with only three percent considering it a weak line-up of... Read more

Supply, stock, staff and sales x

Many booksellers have expressed cautious satisfaction with the availability and supply of stock so far this Christmas, although concerns regarding delivery services, damages and unavailable... Read more

Online sales and ebooks x

Twenty-nine percent of bookstores surveyed aren’t selling print books online this Christmas, with 10% not having a store website at all. For those that have... Read more

Publishers’ perspectives x

Australia’s large and medium-sized publishers are reasonably happy with sales in the lead-up to Christmas, with most reporting that sales are either ‘about the same’... Read more

All down to the last week x

Booksellers are hoping for a big final week of sales, but are preparing themselves for Christmas sales that are somewhere between ‘okay’ and ‘excellent’. Just... Read more



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